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A jealous ‘bridezilla’ spent her wedding night in prison after she viciously attacked her best friend at her reception.
Jealous Audrey Stevenson left Veronica Bannon with a badly bruised face and knocked one of the teeth out when she grabbed her by her hair and banged her head of a door.
Stevenson later accused her friend of ‘making a move’ on her new husband Scott Allan, but Veronica insisted she had been imploring him to take his drunk wife home following a row between the couple.
Yesterday, Stevenson was spared jail as she was fined £450 and ordered to pay her victim £400 compensation at Livingston Sheriff Court, the Daily Record reports.
Speaking after the sentence, mum-of-four Veronica, 45, of Linlithgow, said she was "devastated" by the sentence – which she claimed "doesn’t seem like a punishment".
She said: "I cannot believe that’s all they’ve given her.
"I’m devastated. I can’t believe she’s done so much damage.
"It doesn’t seem like a punishment. I’m lost for words.
“I feel it’s important for everyone to understand the impact this vicious assault has had on me and my family.
“First of all, the facial damage. I was dragged then lifted off my feet.
“She looked possessed. It was the scariest thing that could happen from a supposed best friend.
“I’ve had to visit hospital on several occasions and may still need possible dental surgery.
“I’ve been so bad with anxiety. I find every day a struggle and I’ve not been able to get myself to all appointments for the dentist.
“I am on tablets for anxiety, sleeplessness and pain.”
Livingston Sheriff Court previously heard that Stevenson, 46, and Allan, 55, of Bo’ness, West Lothian, were arrested and spent their wedding night in separate cells after police were called to the reception at the Star and Garter Hotel.
They also missed their honeymoon flight to Mexico despite having paid for a second ceremony in the sun.
Stevenson pled guilty to grabbing Veronica by the hair and pushing her, causing her to hit her head off a door.
An allegation of head-butting was dropped.
The court was told she had been angered by the attention Veronica appeared to be paying to her husband.
Veronica yesterday took issue with her former friend’s claim that she had been making a pass at her husband.
She said: “That’s absolute nonsense. Scott and Audrey had been drinking all day and fallen out. I was trying to convince him to take her home.
“Audrey was sitting at a table with her head bobbing back and forward, she was really drunk.
“Next thing she came up, screaming ‘b***h’ and grabbed me, smashing me into a door.
“What hurts me greatly is that she could make that accusation. I couldn’t care less about the man – I was trying to help my friend. I was telling him he ought to be taking his wife home.
“What Audrey has done is lose the one true friend she ever had.”
The couple were originally barred from living with each other as a condition of bail, though this was subsequently lifted.
They accompanied each other to court yesterday for Stevenson’s sentencing.
At yesterday’s hearing, Darryl Lovie, defending, said her assault on Veronica was completely out of character.
He said: “It’s really an offence committed in the heat of the moment in an emotionally charged situation and in a very specific context against a very unusual set of circumstances.”
He said Stevenson’s reputation with her employers, Falkirk Council, had been “tarnished” and she risked being fired.
Passing sentence, Sheriff John Cook told Stevenson: “This was unacceptable behaviour but you have no previous experience of such behaviour known to the court, no previous convictions and you’ve been of previous good character.
“You have expressed your regret and remorse for your actions on that particular day so the court can deal with this by way of a financial penalty.”
Stevenson refused to comment as she left court.
A spokesman for Falkirk Council said: “We are aware of the case and are following our own internal investigations procedure.”
Veronica has found it difficult to adjust to life since the attack.
She said: “Every day is a struggle. I can’t go for walks with my children any more and always shop online because I’m so anxious and frightened.
“My daughter has autism and youngest is 10 years old. Any change around my daughter has an impact and because I’m not myself, she can feel it.
“And the fact this was someone they knew as a good friend of their mum’s shocked them.
“The panic attacks are horrible, yet my poor daughter is the one who took me out to the local store when I feared I couldn’t cope with people around me.
“I work for myself but I’m not sure what will happen now as I find it difficult to cope.
“My life and my children’s lives have been turned upside down by this savage attack. God only knows if it will ever return to anything like normal again.”
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